Many impressive MediaTek devices are being released faster than before, and with newer 64-bit chipsets being the norm now older devices are being abandoned, not just for support but also service. This may not be the end of older devices though, as there are fairly impressive devices still out there in the market that are worth trying out. The THL 5000T is one such budget device catering to people who want an extremely long battery life.
The THL 5000T houses a 5000 mAh battery, and is similar to the THL 5000, although being a cheaper variant with slightly lower specifications. It has the same MT6592 chipset as in the THL 5000, albeit a different variant with a lower clock speed of 1.4 GHz. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (apps and data separated). And if you’re wondering too, it is a device with a removable back cover, which means you can put SD cards into the device. This is a plus, as now flagship OEMs like Samsung are moving towards non-removable back covers, thus disallowing you from expanding your storage (i.e. Pay more or get less).
Although having a big battery (5000 mAh) like the THL 5000, the THL 5000T has a feature the THL 5000 does not have – Quick Charge. On my THL 5000, charging takes overnight – about 7 to 8 hours, or even slightly longer. With Quick Charge, the THL 5000T could easily gain a full charge in something like 4 hours, which is extremely useful for people who are rushing for time but need a full charge.
The THL 5000T also has an HD (1280×720) screen instead of an FHD (1920×1080) screen like on the THL 5000, which means potentially longer lasting battery life. The lower CPU clock speed will also mean huge battery savings. It runs on Android 4.4 though, so all the fancy battery saver options will not be available in the THL 5000T. Still, on MediaTek devices Android 4.4 seems to be the most stable version of Android, and the more common one. Only a few newer devices are running Android 5.0, most of them running on the newer 64-bit chipsets.
Aesthetically speaking, the THL 5000T does look a little like a premium device despite its plastic body:
The shape also looks little like the OnePlus One’s. The 5 inch screen also means the device is small and more portable, and will fit nicely into anyone’s hands.
- Chipset-screen combination allows for maximum potential of the 5000 mAh battery
- Quick Charge allows battery to be charged in a shorter time
- Budget device with decent specifications means you don’t have to spend that much on a new phone
- 1.4 GHz clock speed may cause lags in certain apps and games
- Non-removable battery means you’ll have to disassemble the device to replace it
- Android 4.4 means newer apps and libraries are not compatible
You can get the device at Gearbest’s listing here.
To see a quick review of the THL 5000 I wrote some time back here to get a rough idea of of how THL devices are like.